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The Best Perennials for Dry Shade

In the Washington, DC metropolitan area, we have extended dry periods, or even drought, nearly every summer. And if you have trees shading your yard, that can make for tough growing conditions. But don't despair; these tried-and-true perennials will flourish in dry shade!

A Watched Plot Spring Blubs

You know the saying “a watched pot never boils?” – this year’s numerous “false starts” for spring makes this saying particularly apt. With warm temperatures for a few days, snowdrops, witch hazel and other early bloomers started appearing and it was hard not to get our hopes up and look for other spring blooms.

Beginner’s Guide to Bulbs – What to do in the Fall

Here's the quick-and-dirty guide to bulbs, the fall version.  It starts with this basic info:  that you plant NOW for bulbs that bloom in the spring - most bulbs. BUYING AND STORING The bigger the bulb, the better.  Though when…

The Other Spring-Flowering Bulbs

  The so-called minor bulbs are a major source of color and spring beauty. These early risers will awaken your garden and announce the arrival of a new growing season. Good things come in small packages, it's true, and when…


Introduction to Spring-Flowering Bulbs

Flowering bulbs are among the most reliable plants in the garden. Properly handled, they will reward the gardener with dazzling displays - often the first breath of spring. But first, a map of your yard is a Good Thing. Almost…

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